You know what...I take my surprise back. As I worked furiously on this hat:
|I start with this pattern, but I always add 20 stitches. Honestly, there's a bunch of similar patters on Ravelry...it's basic seed stitch in-the-round.|
|My own pattern...may write it up quick and dirty and release it as a free one...we'll see.|
and started these things:
The complete story is that because things hit a iffy point elsewhere, I got more productive. You see, yarn crafting is my crutch. It's the one thing that, even when I want to throw it across the room, I'm still more successful in than anything else. Because when I can't move forward and Murphy's Law is in play, I can usually still successfully make a hat. A color-work hat (thanks to my knitting group for turning me onto that obsession at the moment...the first hat was one of our KAL choices). A double-sided color-work hat with humping reindeer on the inside:
In which I can sub DK weight in for worsted and only screw up the math (because where was I when I thought 32 went into 112?) , and aggressively block it because it's still small and...it fits. Mostly. And if I really do screw up, it's just yarn, and you can just rip it out. It won't screw me over irreparably or have legal ramifications. It can be annoying but not as annoying as some other things I have to deal with.
Sometimes, that makes all the difference.
P.S.: My mom's sweater, while still damp when I took it with me, did survive the trip and was dry enough to give her that night. My sister's socks fit her, and she was so busy talking about how she loved socks that my mom had to remind her why this was her first knitted pair. I think I may be able to get away with sock weight yarn next time...